More Great Illinois Theaters
►Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center Chicago Celebrating diversity since its 1976 founding by actress and playwright Jackie Taylor, the theater presents musical tributes to African-American artists in Uptown Chicago.
►Briar Street Theatre Chicago For 20 years, this former horse stable has hosted one of the wildest parties in town: Blue Man Group. There isn’t a bad seat in the house, but if you want an extra thrill, sit in the poncho-zone seats in front.
►Chicago Shakespeare Theater Chicago Debuting a new state-of-the-art space for its 2017–18 season, this Navy Pier theater features the Bard’s classics as well as contemporary shows.
►Coronado Performing Arts Center Rockford This 90-year-old former movie house now stars touring Broadway shows and some of the hottest musical acts.
► Goodman Theatre Chicago Productions at two North Loop theaters range from modern adaptations of classic dramas to experimental comedies.
►Historic Genesee Theatre Waukegan Grab beer or wine at the concession stand and kick back for a film on one of the largest screens in Lake County in this 1927 Spanish Renaissance-style theater.
► The Little Theatre on the Square Sullivan Since opening 60 years ago, the small-town venue an hour southwest of Champaign has staged nearly 1,000 productions and welcomed the likes of Alan Alda and Mickey Rooney to its stage.
►Lookingglass Theatre company Chicago The 2011 Tony Award winner for Outstanding Regional Theatre (located inside the Water Tower Water Works building on Michigan Avenue) earns its reputation by delivering creative twists on classics such as Moby Dick.
►Lyric Opera of Chicago Chicago While the productions and the 3,500-seat theater in the Loop are lavish, one of the world’s top opera companies keeps its shows accessible by projecting translations onto a screen and hosting free pre-show talks.
►Raue Center for the Arts Crystal Lake With 750 seats in its main auditorium, this is the perfect place to catch performers in an intimate setting (recent gigs: Amy Grant and Garrison Keillor). Comedy acts perform in the lounge-style Lucy’s Cafe.
►Rialto square Theatre Joliet Take tours (offered most Tuesdays) of the 91-year-old “Jewel of Joliet” for a peek at Greek, Roman and Byzantine architecture. A special treat: See signatures of past performers in the green room.
►Rosemont Theatre Rosemont Thanks to a seating capacity of 4,400, the Rosemont attracts larger-scale productions and big comedy acts, such as Jay Leno and Jeff Foxworthy.
►Steppenwolf Theatre Company Chicago From its beginnings in a church basement in the 1970s to its Tony Award-winning production of August: Osage County, the not-for-profit company in Lincoln Park has staged shows that explore complex human themes.